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2019 Issue 3

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In memoriam: August 2019

In memoriam: August 2019

Robert Kisilevsky, Professor Emeritus (Pathology and Molecular Medicine; Biochemistry), died June 5. Read his obituary on the Pathology and Molecular Medicine website.


William James Roff, former professor (Biology), of Frasers Mountain, N.S., died June 20 as the result of a tragic accident. Bill was born in 1935 in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England. Before attending university, Bill registered as a conscientious objector and served his national service as a member of the Friends Ambulance Unit. After graduating with honours from Queens College, Cambridge, he lectured at Hull University in England.

In 1965, he emigrated to Canada to take up a teaching position at Queen's. After 16 years at Queen's, Bill decided to give up his teaching position to pursue his two passions, painting and gardening. Bill’s spirit can be found in the many paintings that he has left behind and in all the beautiful gardens he designed.

It was in Kingston where Bill met the love of his life, Nancy Chisholm. Whether they were at the race track with their horses, entertaining their many friends, visiting family in England or gardens in Italy, they were always there for each other.

In 1996, Bill and Nancy retired to her family farm in Frasers Mountain, where Bill produced many paintings of the farm and scenes of Pictou County. Until Nancy’s death in 2016, Bill and Nancy spent many hours simply enjoying each other’s company in the large gardens Bill designed at the farm.


Charles Campling, (BSc’44, BA’90), Professor Emeritus (Electrical and Computer Engineering), died June 24. Read "Queen's remembers Professor Emeritus Charles Campling."

Karen Hitchcock, Principal Emeritus, died July 10. Read "Queen's remembers Principal Emeritus Karen Hitchcock."

Gordon Bale, LLB’62, Professor Emeritus (Law), died July 15. Read "Remembering Professor Gordon Bale" on the Queen's Law website.

Stephanie Deutsch, widow of former principal John Deutsch, died July 16. Read "Queen's remembers Stephanie Deutsch."

Nancy McCormack, Professor (Law)and former head law librarian, died July 17. Read "Queen's remembers Nancy McCormack."

Kristian Palda, BCom’56, Professor Emeritus (Business), died July 26. Read "Remembering Kristian Palda" on the Smith School of Business website.

[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 3, 2019, showing art conservator Heidi Sobol with a painting by Rembrandt]